Price range
From 4700$ per person
Upcoming Date
30-07 April 2022
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Join the Greenwich Federation community to explore Israel's dynamic, diverse and exciting experience of Israel

Highlights

Explore Israeli culture through fashion, art, and social entrepreneurship
Exclusive culinary experiences
Meet thought leaders and people making a difference
Indulge in the Israeli Experience
Single supplement - $1300

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (March 30) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - Your VIP agent will be waiting to greet you at the sleeve of the plane. After assisting with arrival procedures and collecting your baggage you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem and check into hotel

  • Opening conversation and meet your guide

  • Short tour of Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Dinner at Hamotzi - Israeli Master Chef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market.

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Thursday (March 31) : The Many Shades of Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin the day with Dany Tirza - Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza, Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

  • Explore the Old City - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City. Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions. You'll have tastings in the Muslim Quarter.

  • 'Shtisel' Tours - Encounters outside the box - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

3 - Friday (April 1) : Spiritual and Physical Depths

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ela Valley - The Valley of Elah, "the Valley of the Terebinth" is named after the large and shady terebinth trees which are indigenous to its parts, and best known as the place described in the Bible where the Israelites were encamped when David fought Goliath

  • Picnic lunch- enjoy the creativity of the picnic baskets that were developed during COVID

  • Archeology with Shulie Mishkin - Explore Beit Guvrin with Shulie Mishkin, expert archeological guide. The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that visitors like you have uncovered over the years. Don’t forget to check out the amazing Bell Caves too.

  • Tour Buster’s Beverages - Buster's is part of The Good Stuff Movement that was started by two dads who care about the future. They made a promise to make delicious products and to donate a portion of the profits towards a variety of goals. They the only craft brewery in the country that makes beer, cider, lemonade, and an entire line of spirits.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Shabbat dinner home hospitality

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Saturday (April 2) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Two options for the day: - Trip to Masada and the Dead Sea
    Shabbat in Jerusalem- option to go to local synagogue, text study, or Israel Museum

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the west to explore Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

  • Dead Sea Resort for swim and lunch - Israel’s Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, a stunning, other-worldly landscape of shimmering blue water ringed by bare, orange and yellow hills. The waters of the Dead Sea hold a potent solution of minerals and salts that have strong healing properties. Together with its ethereal beauty, these health-giving minerals make the Dead Sea’s beaches and spas popular vacation spots for Israelis and tourists alike. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Ein Gedi-National Park - Ein Gedi nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails in a range of levels of difficulty take you alongside and through the cool, sweet waters of Nahal David, down waterfalls, along jaw-dropping canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • Havdalah - Bring the group back together for Havdalah

  • Dinner on your own- we will suggest restaurants and make reservations at your request

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Sunday (April 3) : Making a Difference

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet with Member of Knesset

  • Shalva National Center - Tour Shalva, a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families. Volunteer with Shalva’s special employees in the workshop. Help package teas with flavors from across Israel and lend support to their social enterprise.

  • Lunch at Cafe Shalva - Cafe Shalva is a boutique café that is also an equal-opportunity work setting where an inclusive staff work as managers, waiters, and hosts.

  • JAFI/JDC Site Visits

  • Dinner at a restaurant TBD

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Monday (April 4) : Partnership Day

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Afula

  • Visit with Partnership

  • Time permitting: Havat Hatavlinim in Gilboa - Visit this exquisite spice farm with views of beautiful views of the Gilboa valley, showing the mountains of Nazareth, Carmel Mountain, Mount tabor and even the Hermon.

  • Bat Shlomo Winery - Taste wine and hear the incredible story of the Bat Shlomo Winery and settlement, founded by Baron Edmund de Rothschild.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Dinner at restaurant in Tel Aviv

  • TLV ISR LODGING general

Overnight: TLV ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

7 - Tuesday (April 5) : Tel Aviv Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about the history of this great city along the way. The trail begins at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk. The trail ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

  • Levi Lauer - Levi's concern for making social justice a priority of Jewish devotion led him to found ATZUM in 2002 to address glaring injustices and bring assistance to Israelis disadvantaged by inadequate access to public and private protection. Levi will talk about fighting sex trafficking in Israel.

  • KitePride - KitePride is an Israeli, Tel Aviv based fashion social enterprise. They create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from upcycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes, and wetsuits in order to provide jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Through each bag sold, continuous jobs are created and fabric is saved from landfill.

  • Street Food Lunch

  • Israeli Fashion Tour - A fashion tour is a unique interactive way to introducing you to Israel and its culture. The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity questions, sub-groups in Israel, immigration to Israel, wars and cultural life and social entrepreneurship. During the tour, we will meet old and new fashion brands, designers who use ancient crafts and other professionals who use the best technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • Or Bauhaus Tour - Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The buildings were designed by Bauhaus architects who immigrated to Israel from Europe in the 1930s and were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius.Some 4000 Bauhaus buildings were built in the 1930s – a development which turned the city center into a quasi "open air Bauhaus museum" and earned Tel Aviv the nickname “White City.”

  • Dinner on your own

  • TLV ISR LODGING general

Overnight: TLV ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Wednesday (April 6) : Living on the Edge

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Netiv HaAsara - Striving for Peace at Netiv Haasarah, a moshav on the western border of Israel with the Gaza Strip. Visit the Peace Wall on the border. Meet Tsamaret Zamir, an artist and the creator of the project who will talk about life in the moshav in the shadow of the ongoing security situation – and about the hope of a good and peaceful future. Choose a colorful optimistic tile on which to write a personal wish and later glue to the border wall.

  • Shvil Hasalat - At the magical Shvil HaSalatl observe the most up to date agricultural technologies- the “high tech” of agriculture. At every stop of the tour, you will receive an explanation followed by you actually picking and eating your fruit right away!

  • Netivot Women's Empowerment Project or Ofakim ALMA Mechinah

  • Return to Tel Aviv

  • Dinner on your own

  • TLV ISR LODGING general

Overnight: TLV ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Thursday (April 7) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet Joanna Landau of VIBE Israel - VIBE Israel

  • The Squadron Flight Simulator - The Squadron functions in accordance with the typical agenda of an active IAF combat squadron which includes donning a flight suit, professional flight instruction, mission and objective reception and acceptance, simulator flight, and a flight debrief in accordance with The Squadron’s research methodology.

  • Lunch on your own at Sarona Market - Sarona was a German Templer colony established in Tel Aviv during the Ottoman Palestine period in 1871. In the past decade Sarona has been revitalized as a commercial center with a modern food market at its center. Explore the area's history and enjoy tastings in the market.

  • Birthright Innovation Center - Jump forward in time to the Israel Innovation Center which showcases the many amazing technologies that have been developed in Israel and are now changing the world.

  • OR Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - Peres Center for Peace and Innovation

  • Final Dinner

  • Transfer to airport

Overnight: Transfer to airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

FAQ

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy it?

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Health Insurance

It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19.

Travel Insurance

In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this cover is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking.

You can purchase travel insurance with our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

Terms of Payment

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip
Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“This was my first time to Israel and it was truly an incredible way to experience everything this beautiful place has to offer. We focused mostly on culinary tours in markets, and our tour guide Orit know everything and was so organized getting us from place to place so we wouldn't miss anything. She even was able to make adjustments on the spot when things didn't go exactly as planned, and the whole trip felt very smooth for us- we didn't have to worry about anything! We also somehow managed to eat 3 dinners a night, there is no shortage of delicious food to taste. We learned so much from our guide and she had the best advice for where to explore in our free time. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone who wants to get off the beaten path and experience the cultures in a whole new way. Can't wait to come back! ”
Meredith
2020